Wow! These gals in conservative and hands-on (yesterday's horticulturalist) careers dress so stylish, young and sexy! You won't see an account dressed as hip as this gal in fashion forward NYC! Maybe it's the warm climate and the attitude down under?
i don't know if the way you shoot the girls and boys in sydney or it is the fact, but they all looked so carefree, stylish and cheerful! this is definitely one of my fave shot for documentary quality – picture in motion is just so much more natural!!! xx
something tells me she isn't wearing the short skirt to the office and that perhaps she is carefree because she doesn't need to be in the office. nonetheless, workday or not, if i ever get stopped by you guys i hope that this is the expression i'm wearing. you know what i'm talking about, that "to hell with it i'm gorgeous" face. or perhaps maybe i should just move to sydney.
Aussie rules! It seems that Aussie style is making for some sour grapes and envy. She is neither trashy or any of the other epiphets drirected her way. Considering her look and her job someone took her seriously as well. Enough with the drear grey body armour of the 'professional class' its pretension and covers for many sins of omission and worse give me really skill and style and that smile any day of the work week, and double on weekends! lol! Oh and yes torn between wow, great photo, smile, legs as well. So kind of you to get it all in one post
I work for a Big4 accounting firm in Melbourne; our (female) dress code does seem quite relaxed compared to the rest of the business community, e.g. the young stockbroker's and accountant's styles are typical of any young woman in any corporate role, though the length of this accountant's skirt is less common.
A big fan of this shot. Love the tones, the blazer cut. Looks like it might have taken a few takes too – great effort!
It's Sydney, it's hot, it's almost Christmas and she is relaxed and stylish and laid back. People dress totally differently here and are not as hung up on what is 'appropriate'. Why isn't a short skirt OK? This is why australia is so great!
Cute girl and I love the jacket, but the rest is kind of wack. The ruching on the sides of the super short skirt makes it look more appropriate for a club than for business. The poor quality of the t-shirt doesn't help.
First of all, the girl looks great, that is undeniable. She's fresh faced and the shot is terrific.
Now, being more professional does not mean being covered head to toe or wearing shoulder pad jackets and old grandma shoes. She's not 'trashy' by ANY means nor I'd say 'inappropriate' but when you work in the business field, come on, you just do not wear a skirt (which seems to be the tight short American Apparel kind) short enough that if you bend over, a client/coworkers/superiors can see everything. This is just common sense. Obviously it's warm in Australia right now, but I think if she wore tights it'd be a lot better.
Be sexy, go for it, but there's a limit in the work field. Take that gorgeous stockbroker two photo's down for example.
I was just about to say that Scott. People, don't assume all Australian accountants dress like this. Conservative, high profile firms that adhere to a strict dress code is commonplace. It depends what field you're working in. The arts/fashion industry has always been more relaxed about individual style. Add to that the heat wave we've been experiencing lately, and voila – short skirt.
Why is everyone assuming that just because she is an accountant that she is on her way to work?! I see no briefcase people!.
Proportions of the blazer compliment her lean figure perfectly; those legs legs legs! Texture of the skirt subdued by the black is also great I feel; she looks like she just walked off an Alexander Wang show Australian-style.
well she obviously wasnt on her way to right?? even if it was casual Friday – you could never get away with a skirt like that in the finance world…im sure the HR manager would be onto you real quick haha pretty girl – nice pose!
Ok so you have proved the point that accountants can be fun! I like her outfit it's casual but with style. I hope u shot this when it wasn't a work day because that mini skirt is not appropriate for work……
Yeah, this is interesting. I'm an economist, so I appreciate that a woman can have a "man's" job and be feminine and attractive. Still, I do hope she wasn't going to work in that outfit! The plain fact is that it still is sufficiently difficult for women to be taken seriously in traditionally male jobs and so women who dress noticed sexually at work are not with the potential for sexual notice are not doing the rest of us any favours (I have a colleague I would love to cover up on occasion…)
Australia is an interesting mix. I lived there for a couple of years and since I was in a diplomatic job I obviously was not dressed like that for work. I had forgotten this until today but I remember that when I first moved there I was surprised at how short the skirts were that women sometimes wore to work.
I don't know. Some might think it's cool and empowering, and I know that Australia can be hot, but I prefer a more conservative look for work. After work…different story.
What I haven't seen in your Australia posts is what I personally thought Australians do uniquely well in fashion. I'm thinking of things with a bit of an Asian influence – assymetrics, loose, natural-fibre clothing. I saw some absolutely gorgeous women when I was in Melbourne in particular who were rocking terrific shapes linens, for example, (which I rarely wear here in North America). I suppose you have depicted that one girl in the soft, neutral dress a couple of posts below. Hmm…Will be interested to see what you come up with from here!
being a sydneysider, i think this image just proves that people here try to be individualistic however they fail to respect the corporate rules of professionalism. that skirt is too short to be taken serious and she was my accountant, i would seriously reconsider…..
Love it that you're adding the occupation to the faces and styles: it makes the pictures even more interesting and real. Thanks, Scott. The Sartorialist is my daily antidote to newspaper and outside world insanity.
I was lined up to be an accountant, in the US, for a major firm, and not to toot my own horn here or anything but people have said I'm beautiful a few times too… and my friends are all very beautiful (also accountants). So to all the people who are shocked by a good looking accountant, go check out the ones in Texas :P
I think this photo is focused more on how pretty the person is rather than her style. If we focus on her style, there's not a whole lot to say other than the fact that her skirt is a bit to short for a professional if she was on her way to work. It just doesn't seem like this takes that much to put together or make look good, neither of which should attributed to any photo that is meant to represent style or fashion.
she is beautiful and has such a great sense of style. i love everything about this outfit and what i feel brings it all together is her smile. it shows she is proud to be herself and knows she looks good. and she has just enough jewelry on. sorry have to say it again she is beautiful.
Ok everyone settle down, she clearly isn't dressed for work! You can still say what you do for a living when you're on your day off. She is on oxford street, paddington, a shopping street, so she is probably chilling, not on a work break!
You know what the last few photos make me think? I think that the US is very behind the times with corporate dress codes. It's really refreshing that elsewhere, people can express themselves and be comfortable and professional at the same time. I just quit a job because I had to wear pantyhose under everything. Who or what can change this, and when? Sart, sic'em!
i live in australia and there is no way this girl was on her way to or from work, it must have been her day off. her attire is not acceptable for an accountant. she looks beautiful though! amazing photo!
she's looks stunning – but seriously .. how do you wear a mini skirt in the corporate world and expect to be taken seriously? i'm all for dressing fashionably – but there's also such thing as "appropriately" too …
C'mon people, just because she is labeled being an "accountant" does not mean this is her work attire, and that Scott shot this picture as she was on her way to the firm. Then again, he might have. This very well captures the beauty of mystery, and of people with "other" lives apart from their job functions.
She's pretty, but girls dressed like this are a dime a dozen in Sydney during summer. It's no big whoop.
Sydney is full of truly stylish people, Sart. Stop hanging out in Hyde Park, and Pitt St Mall and Oxford Street and get thee a bit further away from the city at the very least! Maybe sit down at Bourke Street bakery @ Devonshire with a croissant and coffee, and let them come to you :)
She's just so sweetly beautiful. Spectacular. I'd love to see more images of that face.
As for comments about 'appropriate dress' for an accountant…. Well, i hope she simply IS an accountant, and that she is not on her way to/from the office. I would agree that this skirt would just be 'wrong' for work. If i were in her presence, there would be no way for me to concentrate on (mathematical) figures. As an employer, i wouldn't appreciate that manner of distraction….
We are striding down the blvd of confidence. We are criss-crossing the intersection of indecision at will; no need to look for cars. We are young and alive and elevated by our own pleasures. The tail of the jacket knows exactly where to sit. The half-smile is always better than the full.
Cant beleive all the comments about the appropriateness of her skirt length. Seems so trivial to me, I cant see her butt or crotch so good luck to her she looks fresh and happy!. If certain professionals cant retain their professionalism around a beautiful girl with a short skirt on then perhaps they should question their level of professionalism.
That was a really surprising outfit to scroll down on. Such a fun twist! I love the other bold girls in the world who know having a serious profession doesn't need to make you a serious person. Or need to make you wear a serious skirt.
I live in Australia and this is the way that the girls come into work on casual Friday. All part of the fun during summer and totally acceptable for an accountant. Half the guys in the office wear shorts and sandals on Fridays in summer. It's pretty relaxed.
I think she looks chic and effortless. I must say thought that I think that people are far to casual these days especially at work. I would like to see casual Friday abolished and see people make more of an effort. It is such a slippery slope from casual to sloppy….many people aren't able to navigate that slope.
An accountant in Ireland could never wear that outfit no matter how cute they were Why? I hear you ask, Well there would be little point as you would be frozen or else it would be covered up by a coat during our 365 days of rain…. its funny cause its true
There are lots and lots of female accountants in Sydney, it's one of those professions a good chunk of my university (USYD) are working towards. A good chunk of my university cohort are also ridiculously well dressed (try Eastern Avenue next time you're down here, Scott!)
Love this look but what makes this shot stand out to me is the watch. Is it just an accessory or does it serve its purpose? It's funny everyone says you don't wear that to work but how do we know if shes not on her way to lunch. Just because she's an accountant or that guy over there is an engineer doesn't mean they dress that stereotype all the time.
She's so beautiful! It's a perfect shot. I am so getting my sister, who has a similar figure, to emulate this. With a longer skirt, of course :)
I'm sure that there are beautiful accountants in the US as well and I hope to be one down the line. But as some of the men said, it's more appropriate to cover up during work hours. I'm a first year business student and it's already been drilled into me that skirts that show the knee at any point are banned from the workplace. Pants it is until the end of the work day!
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that is my friend kate and she told me to look this photo up and yes she is an accountant but she wasnt working that day so lay off the legnth of the skirt….. the comments are great tho…. she does look hot…
Coming from an Aussie Lawyer, with plenty of friends who are accountants – she looks great! But I doubt she was at work when this was going to or from work on this occassion. I love a touch of style! But, unfortunately, even 'down under' this would not be appropriate in the office.
I live in Melbourne and can verify that no accountants I've seen dress like this in Australia. I presume this girl either works in fashion or for a small-business with a lenient dress-code, that is, if she was in fact at work whilst this photo was taken. Lovely shot though.
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maybe she’s not at work. maybe it’s after work, or the weekend. just because she IS an accountant, doesn’t mean she’s in the office all the time. the rest of the time she obviously spends looking excellent